Today’s episode is a little bit of an experiment. Every month I run what’s called a Live Sales Q and A. It’s an open forum Webinar for anybody who wants to join and ask whatever sales question they have – could be a question about their prospecting, about their pipeline pull through, building teams, managing teams, SDR metrics, whatever sales related topics come up. I answer them! In this particular case, there were three topics that came up, which were pretty top of mind for a lot of people out there.
So in this particular episode, we covered three main topics. The first topic that we covered was cold calling: when to cold call, is cold calling dead, how to cold call, and how to think about cold calling as part of an outreach sequence. We certainly tackled the question of cold calling, in general, more so what we did is talk about the importance of outbound calling. I don’t call it cold calling cause I think there’s no reason to do a pure cold call anymore, but I think of it as warm calling. And so we talked about how to use warm calling as part of a multitouch on the channel sales engagement sequence.
The second topic that I covered in this live sales Q and A was on partnerships, when to use partnerships and how to use partnerships as part of your sales funnel at your startup. In particular, there are three different places where you can use partnerships: one based on prospecting and legion, the second one being in your sales pipeline to co-sell or resell your product, and third, on the customer success integration side of your business. We talked in detail about those three parts of your sales funnel and how partnerships could be part of what you’re doing to both distribute your product and, of course, sell and support your product.
The third topic that we talked about was how to assess an account executive. More specifically, how do we know if somebody is the right fit? How do we know that somebody is motivated by the right things to make sure that they’re a good match culturally with our startup, and for our staff, as it relates to our vision, mission, and values of the company. Not just are they the kind of person that can sell my stuff.
Those are the three big topics that we covered in the Live Q and A. I’d love to get your feedback if you feel like this is a good way to redistribute this information and content that we’re doing.
We can certainly pop more of this type of content into the podcasts so that if you’re listening on your commute, listening in the car, or maybe as you’re shopping at Trader Joe’s (it’s one of the places I listen to podcasts all the time). If it’s the same for you and if this is a way for us to get more content, more information and more ideas to you, the startup founder and the startup sales leader, then by all means, I’m happy to do it as part of our podcast sequence.
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